This is animal source wax that is produced by bees and used to build combs in the hives. Young worker bees in the hive have a set of eight wax glands on each side of the abdomen. These secrete wax that they use in building combs.
After honey harvest from combs or from the capping of extracted combs, beeswax can be processed. The comb remainders or the capping are boiled in water which is then allowed to cool so that beeswax forms a cake at the surface.
Uses of beeswax
Beeswax can be used in many different ways some of which include:
- making of cosmetics – creams, lotions, soaps, lip balms etc.
- making polishes – wood polishes, shoe polishes, and paints
- used by dentists to fill teeth
- used for making beeswax candles
- used in batiks
- it is also used in beekeeping to make starter combs and comb foundations